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Concert Programmes

Down by the Sea

Blossom Street present repertoire from their CD of a cappella choral folk songs, which they recorded for Naxos in 2012.  In the wake of the success of Sleep, Holy Babe, the group chose as their follow up recording project a selection of British folk repertoire, including a number of world premieres, which explores and celebrates the folk tradition.  Alongside beloved favourites by Vaughan Williams, a proud proponent of folk repertory, feature little known gems by Grainger and Holst, as well as a number of brand new works by both established and emerging composers.

This Day

Blossom Street's upper voices present a programme in celebration of the 100th anniversary of women in Britain gaining the vote.  Having recently recorded this repertoire for Naxos, the group is proud to offer a showcase to some neglected works by composers such as Jane Joseph, Imogen Holst and Elizabeth Maconchy, alongside new music by eminent living composers including Judith Weir, Cecilia McDowall, Roxanna Panufnik and Kerry Andrew.  For more information about the recording, please click here.

A Short While for Dreaming

This programme presents a selection of a cappella choral works by Peter Warlock, interspersed with repertoire from his contemporaries. Warlock is a composer whose choral work, with the obvious exception of adored masterpieces like Bethlehem Down, is rarely performed on the concert platform, but Blossom Street is committed to bringing his hugely varied and striking creations to a wider audience.  

Sure on This Shining Night 

In a change from Blossom Street's usual lineup, the group presents a selection of American and British choral works, most accompanied by piano.  The programme includes works by Copland, Whitacre, Barber, Britten, Holst and more.

Masters of the Queen’s Music

The music of Judith Weir, recently appointed the new Master of the Queen’s Music, features in a programme which explores works by composers who have held the distinguished royal appointment in the past century.   Other composers include Bax and Elgar. 

Sleep, Holy Babe

Featuring repertoire from Blossom Street’s Naxos disc, Sleep, Holy Babe, which was named ‘Christmas CD of the Year 2011’ on Classic FM’s New CD Show, alongside Christmas favourites.  The CD contains eight world premieres, including one by Finzi, and focuses on the Christmas lullaby. 

Aspects of Love

The ensemble presents a selection of works spanning 500 years and a host of genres.  Programme to include Tallis’ If Ye Love Me, Elgar’s My Love Dwelt in a Northern Land, Vaughan Williams’ The Lover’s Ghostand an arrangement of the Beatles’ Can’t Buy Me Love!  

And I Saw A New Heaven

Celebrating the breadth of the English choral tradition, the group presents a selection of great English choral works, including music by Stanford, Elgar, Finzi and Howells, alongside premieres by current English composers.

Mendelssohn and Martin

Exploring a range of works for double choir, Blossom Street’s programme includes Frank Martin’s seminal Mass for Double Choir. 

Tomorrow Shall be my Dancing Day

To welcome the festive season, Blossom Street presents a selection of Christmas favourites,  including works by Howells, Rachmaninov, Willcocks, Leontovich and many more.  

 

Please note this list is not exhaustive; do contact the group if you would prefer a different focus.